[time-nuts] HP Reliability

Wes (N7WS) wes at triconet.org
Sun Feb 14 19:48:16 EST 2016

I was never with HP but I bought (using Hughes Aircraft and US government money) 
megabucks worth of HP Instruments.  The whole facility bought millions more.  
The local Tucson HP sales office had a salesman assigned just to Hughes. They 
showered us with catalogs, app notes, training programs, seminars and I even 
traveled a few times to attend programs elsewhere.  We paid for our own airfare 
and hotel, but breakfasts, lunches, dinners, girly shows, etc were on HP.  In 
discussing travel expense reporting with the rep, unlike Hughes where every 
penny had to be accounted for, he said his reporting consisted of counting the 
money in his wallet when he left and counting it again when he got back.  The 
difference was his expense.

Wes  N7WS

On 2/14/2016 4:05 PM, Jeremy Nichols wrote:
> I was with HP 1972-79, when it was still a great company. The vertical 
> integration was such that there was a joke about HP plant site landscaping, 
> which always seemed to feature ferns. The reply was , "We're making our own 
> coal!" We not only had packaging engineers but made our own cabinets. We made 
> our own integrated circuits; I made the photomasks for those ICs in the Santa 
> Clara Division (02, the old Frequency&Time Division) in building 51-Lower, 
> next to the line where the counters were wired. Good times, free coffee.
> Jeremy

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